September 20, 2013

Crochet 01

Crochet appeals to me because you can make something with just a hook & a ball of yarn. There are loads of complicated and advanced things that can be done with crochet of course, but at my current (newbie) level, I find it nice & simple.

My mom taught me the basics when I was a kid but I never got further than making rectangles and weirdly-shaped dolls' bags. When I decided to pick up crochet again, I didn't know where to start because the easiest beginner patterns all seemed to be for scarves which a) usually require lots of yarn and b) I don't need because we don't have winter here.

Then I found these mini projects which were useful and doable and basically perfect:

Textured Bow Tie pattern by Delia:
While making this for my boyfriend to wear to a friend's wedding, I promptly forgot that it was a kid's pattern and we ended up with a kid-sized bow and regular-sized neck tie. He wore it anyway, which was sweet of him. Moral of the story: you might need to scale up the bow if you're making this for an adult!

Crochet bow tie

Crochet bow tie

Little Treasures Envelope pattern by Shara:
I really like this pattern because it's simple (no sewing required), cute & functional. It's become my go-to handmade gift and I'm pretty sure my friends are going to get tired of receiving this as a present soon, ha.

Little Treasures Envelope

Little Treasures Envelope

(Nikon F-801 with Kodak Gold 400 & Nikon D300. I'm need to work on my digital photography & post-processing skills, shooting with digital so much tougher than shooting with film!)

Do you crochet? What's your favourite beginner pattern? :)

11 comments:

  1. Oh, how adorable! The bow tie is just lovely and the Little Treasures Envelope (love the name) is really the perfect gift!

    I don't know how to crochet, I guess I'm not very crafty... :(

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    1. Yes, these two patterns are really fab. I was pretty bad at it when I first started, but I found lots of helpful tutorials online, which made learning to crochet much easier :)

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  2. Oh, thank you for the links to these adorable and simple crochet patterns! Will be trying them out for sure.

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    1. I'm glad you like them, happy crocheting!

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  3. I never tried crochet but i do know how to knit but only the most basic stich!
    I'm planning a stripe sweater for winter!

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    1. A stripe sweater sounds lovely! Knitting is next up on my want-to-learn list :)

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  4. eep, I've been wanting to learn crochet for a while now, people do such neat things with it :) I love that little pouch!!

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  5. I love your bow tie, even if it did involve a child-sized snafu! (By the way, that is totally something that I would do.) xoxo

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    1. Aw, thank you Laura. I'm glad I'm not the only one who makes such mistakes, ha.

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  6. So sweet, crochet is on my to do list but for some reason I keep putting it off :( I really love the work of twinkie chan! I just need to bite the bullet I think and keep it simple :)

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